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  • Greg Malone to direct Grenfell Campus’s production of The Laramie Project

    Tuesday, February 27, 2018
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    Acclaimed Newfoundland actor, director author Greg Malone is back at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, as guest director of The Laramie Project.

     

    And to add to the excitement, the second- and third-year students involved in the play will have the added experience of delivering the show in the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre.

     

    “It is fitting – and exciting – that we are able to bring this very socially important and community-minded production out into the community,” said Dr. Todd Hennessey, dean, School of Fine Arts. “Our relationship with the Arts and Culture has always been strong; now we will finally have the opportunity to bring on of our productions to their stage.”

     

    The Laramie Project is the story of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, whose brutal and senseless murder in October 1998 became an iconic death; one on which our civilization turned and where time-honoured homophobia, dark fears, prejudices and the direction of the human soul itself were laid bare to doubt and reexamination and hopefully renewal.

     

    Malone said the play is “overwhelming proof of the power of the spoken word. Tremendously moving, challenging and ultimately uplifting, it is theatre at its timeless best.”

     

    The Laramie Project is a small-town story whose circumstance caught the eye and heart of the world, asking: What does it mean to be human? Why are we prejudiced? Should we meet violence with violence? Can we, should we, forgive, even when forgiveness has not been asked for?

     

    “The second- and third-year students of Grenfell’s theatre program have been researching and rehearsing The Laramie Project intensely for many weeks and have become masters of this powerful tale,” said Malone. “Let them show you what a fantastic and professional job they are capable of right here in this small town. It’s a night at the theatre you are not likely to forget.”

     

    The Laramie Project will be on stage at the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre March 7-9, playing nightly at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20; seniors/students, $15, and can be purchased online or at the ACC box office.

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